PNC Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Greenfield Village

Special Event at Greenfield Village

  • Second Monday of each Month (May - October)
  • Time: 10am - noon

Free with Village admission.

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JUNE 11: Paper and Natural Materials

For June, we continue the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: paper and natural materials. We will compare and contrast these two materials and find out how they are often combined.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

Discovering Natural Materials  - Liberty Craftworks
Explore the buildings in Liberty Craftworks to learn about the natural materials used in each craft building to make their items. Skip the Tin Shop because we’ll explore metals next month.

Crafting with Natural Materials - Inside the Village Pavilion
Natural materials like cotton and linen can be used to make paper as well as wood pulp. See how paper is made, and create something from natural materials yourself.

Inspiring Stories - McGuffey School
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Today’s featured stories include Nature’s Day: Discover the world of wonder on your doorstep by Kay Maquire and What Do You Do With A Chance? By Kobi Yamada.

ARTIFACT OF THE DAY

Edison’s Carbonized Cotton Thread Filament Lightbulb
Thomas Edison and his team of workers experimented with many materials to create the first practical lightbulb, including bamboo and cardboard. On October 21, 1879, Edison’s bulb with a filament (the tiny wire that glows inside the bulb) made of carbonized cotton sewing thread burned brightly for over 40 hours and was declared a success! The use of a natural material led to the development of this important scientific discovery that we use in our homes and businesses every day. How cool is that?

July 9: Metal and Rubber Materials

July continues the Engineering 101 materials themes by taking a fresh look at two previously explored materials: metal and rubber materials. We will compare and contrast these two materials and find out how they are often combined.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

Compare, Contrast and Combine - Village Pavilion
Review why rubber and metal are both useful materials, and then discover what can be made when you combine these two materials.

Rubber is flexible and soft. It stretches and is moldable. Metal is very strong, sturdy and hard. Combined, these materials can make wires, tires, rubber-covered steps on a step ladder, metal dustpans with rubber lips or garden hoses.

Crafting with Metal and Rubber - Village Pavilion
Make your own musical instrument by combining rubber and metal.

Exploring What Can Be Made with Metal and Rubber - Armington & Sims Machine Shop and Mattox Home on Maple Lane
Explore these two buildings to see how metal and rubber are used in industry (A&S) and in the home (Mattox Home).

Inspiring Stories - McGuffey School
Join our storyteller, who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. Featured stories in July include Bouncy Tires by Mary Tillworth and Benjamin Burch, and Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.

ARTIFACT OF THE DAY

Tin Shop
Tin was called the poor man’s silver. Visit to see how flexible this metal can be.

Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for non-members, free for members.

Greenfield Village

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $25.50
General Admission (12-61) Free $28.00
Youth (5-11) Free $21.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

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May - July Program (PDF)